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(en) Southern Africa, Anarchist journal Zabalaza #9 - W H E R E W E S TA N D

Date Sun, 21 Sep 2008 19:06:52 +0300

We, the working class, produce the world's wealth. We ought to enjoy the
benefits. ---- We want to abolish the system of capitalism that places wealth
and power in the hands of a few, and replace it with workers self-management and
socialism. We do not mean the lie called `socialism' practised in Russia, China,
and other police states - the system in those countries was/is no more than
another form of capitalism - state capitalism. ---- We stand for a new society
where there will be no bosses or bureaucrats. A society that will be run in a
truly democratic way by working people, through federations of community and
workplace committees. We want to abolish authoritarian relationships and replace
them with control from the bottom up - not the top down.

All the industries, all the means of production and distribution will be
commonly owned, and placed under the management of those working in them.
Production will be co-ordinated, organised and planned by the federation of
elected and recallable workplace and community committees, not for profit but to
meet our needs. The guiding principle will be "from each according to ability,
to each according to need".
We are opposed to all coercive authority; we believe that the only limit on
the freedom of the individual is that their freedom does not interfere with the
freedom of others.
We do not ask to be made rulers nor do we intend to seize power "on behalf of
the working class". Instead, we hold that socialism can only be created by the
mass of ordinary people. Anything less is bound to lead to no more than
replacing one set of bosses with another.
We are opposed to the state because it is not neutral, it cannot be made to
serve our interests. The structures of the state are only necessary when a
minority seeks to rule over the majority. We can create our own structures,
which will be open and democratic, to ensure the efficient running of everyday life.
We are proud to be part of the tradition of libertarian socialism, of
anarchism. The anarchist movement has taken root in the working class of many
countries because it serves our interests - not the interests of the power
seekers and professional politicians.
In short we fight for the immediate needs and interests of our class under
the existing set up, while seeking to encour-
age the necessary understanding and activity to overthrow capitalism and its
state, and lead to the birth of a free and equal
(anarchist) society.


The website of the Confédération Nationale du Travail's (CNT's)
French paper Afrique sans chaînes (Africa Without Chains)
where you can download copies of the magazine in .pdf format.
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